QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.
Five things to ponder about prep football in North Central Washington after Week 1:1. Wenatchee’s role reversal In past years, the Panthers have been a run-first offense grinding up the clock their ground game and using the play-action pass as a change-up.
A number of area teams were dominant on the diamond, track or court this season, and that dominance carried over to post-season awards. The Wenatchee boys tennis team, Panthers boys track squad and Cashmere baseball team are just a few of the teams that racked up awards just like they had victories during the season.
CHELAN — Chelan needed one win against Omak in its final doubleheader of the regular season Friday, and got it in the first game. The Goats came into the day a game up on the Pioneers for the third and final playoff spot from the Caribou Trail League, so their 4-3 victory in the first game was enough to put them over the top.
EAST WENATCHEE — After his team had controlled play in the first half, Eastmont soccer coach Eric Duffey thought the Wildcats were well on their way to a victory after breaking a scoreless tie in the 50th minute. But Southridge had other plans.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont fastpitch softball team launched an early salvo in its battle for the third seed to the Big Nine 3A district playoffs. The Wildcats routed Pasco 12-2 and 16-1 Thursday, and in doing so, launched themselves into the preferred third spot — for the time being.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Southridge boys and Hanford girls won the Big Nine 3A golf circuits’ first stop at the Highlander Golf Course this year, an Eastmont-hosted POD meet on Monday afternoon. Rain drizzled on the course throughout the day, and it was shortened to a 16-hole par-65 due to construction on the second and third holes. The renovation is scheduled to be finished by the time the Big Nine girls teams return for their district tournament on May 16.
CASHMERE — The Cashmere Bulldogs’ dominance over the rest of Caribou Trail League took on a new level Saturday afternoon. Nick Tarver and Trenton Johnson threw back-to-back no-hitters as the Bulldogs (9-0 Caribou Trail League) rolled to wins of 27-0 and 26-0 over the Tonasket Tigers.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee track teams were dominant on Thursday, as both the boys and girls squads swept Eisenhower, Davis and Moses Lake in a Big Nine 4A quad-meet at home. The Panthers’ superiority was on full display, as Wenatchee’s boys won eight of 10 track events, and the girls took seven of 11, including the top three spots in the 100-meter hurdles.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls golf team took advantage of its home-course advantage on Tuesday, as three of the Panthers’ top six golfers registered personal-best scores at Three Lakes to help the team to a second-place finish in the third Big Nine 4A pod. Wenatchee junior Jordan Takasugi led the way, firing a 9-over 81 on the par-72 course to rank second among individuals, two strokes in front of Richland’s Kristin Strankman.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont High School soccer team lost to Sunnyside in double overtime on March 19. When the two teams got together for a rematch on Saturday, the Wildcats wanted to make sure that the contest wouldn’t need extra time. They did just that, scoring four goals in the first half and adding three more in the second half to record a 7-1 win over the Grizzlies.
CASHMERE — The Cascade softball team is serving notice that it intends to dominate the Caribou Trail League softball season for a third consecutive season. The Kodiaks received a two-run home run from Laura Hester and went on to post a 10-0 five-inning victory over Cashmere on Tuesday, running their CTL record to 4-0.
CASHMERE — The defending state-champion Cashmere baseball team tuned up for a big upcoming slate of non-league games by pounding Okanogan 23-4 and 11-1 in a Caribou Trail League doubleheader on Saturday. Cashmere, which will host western Washington powers Vashon Island and Meridian next weekend, couldn’t have played much better against Okanogan.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys soccer team is still missing that finishing touch. The Panthers created opportunities to score in a home fixture with Chiawana on Tuesday night, but rued those missed chances after the match and the 3-1 loss.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys track team slipped past Kentwood and Lake Stevens by the slimmest of margins to win the team title at the Ray Cockrum Relays on Saturday on a rain-soaked track at WHS. The Panthers finished with 80 points, a half-point ahead of the Conquerors and a full point clear of the Vikings.
MOSES LAKE — Max Angilley scored in the 73rd minute to lift the Wenatchee boys soccer team to a 2-1 league win at Moses Lake on Tuesday. Each team had a first-half goal — Wenatchee’s Ozzy Mejia scored in the 10th minute, and Moses Lake’s Derrick Gonzalez answered in the 27th minute — and the game was deadlocked at 1-1 for more than 45 minutes before Angilley put Wenatchee back in front.
EAST WENATCHEE — The debuts of two heralded freshman were the prevailing stories after a four-team season-opening meet at Eastmont on Thursday. The Wenatchee girls and Eastmont boys were the team winners, but the schools’ other squads lay claim to the noteworthy athletes: Eastmont’s Rebecca Tarbert began her high school career by winning the girls 100 (13.03 seconds), 200 (27.58 seconds), and long jump (15 feet, eight inches), while Wenatchee’s Isaiah Brandt-Sims kicked things off with an 11.01-second finish to win the boys 100, and a second-place finish in the ...
Jordan Takasugi is already off to a solid start in 2011, placing fifth and seventh, respectively in her first two tournaments. The Wenatchee junior is one of a number of local high school golfers of note heading into this season. Here’s a look at her and nine others to keep an eye on out on the links this spring.